Know someone who’s into photography? Maybe they’re into creating videos for their YouTube channel? Need some ideas for your shutterbug this holiday season??? Here’s 3 simple gifts any photographer or videographer will love!
It’s a light. Sounds pretty basic, right? Well, anyone who’s into photography or video knows that the better the light, the better content. With any sort of camera work (photo or video), the right lighting is essential. Sometimes house lights just won’t do, and the built-in flash on most entry level DSLRs is so harsh, it can sometimes wreck a photo.
Often, all a photographer needs is a soft light, and the ability to control how “cool”, “warm”, and “intense” it is. Lighting can make or break a photo or video, depending on what’s in front of the camera. This light won’t disappoint:
This light has a built-in diffuser, so it’s not “harsh”. The light can be powered with the included cable, or via battery (sold separately). You can adjust the color temperature for “warm” and “cool” tones, as well as brightness. And, since it uses LED lights, it never gets hot. As a bonus, the light comes with the U-Bracket, AC power cable, and a foam-lined carry case to keep it secure.
A light like this will give your shutterbug lots of control over their light—and they’ll appreciate you for it!
#2. JOBY Gorillapod
This little tripod is a versatile tool that photographers love. This particular unit features its own ball head—so attaching a camera is a breeze. Sometimes as photographers, we just want to get out quick and shoot photos—we don’t want to have to pack up a bunch of heavy gear (tripod, monopod, and a bunch of ball heads and video heads, and so on, and so forth). With the Joby Gorillapod, we’ve able to get out there quickly and easily—and have fun!
This little tripod is hefty enough to pack around a pretty meaty camera (11 pound payload), but small enough to toss in a bag! The bendy, grippy legs make them perfect for setting up a camera on uneven terrain like you’d encounter out on a hike.
It’s small enough to perch on a table or a desk. You can wrap the grippy legs around tree branches or sign posts for unique angles and shots. Pros like Peter McKinnon and Casey Neistat use these when vlogging!
The bottom line: This grippy little Joby Gorillapod is a super useful tool that any photographer would enjoy having in their kit!
#3. A hard drive
Wait. What? I thought we were talking about photography gear!? Photographers create photos and videos, but where do they get stored? I produce thousands of photos each year. Some I delete, but most I save. Why? I dunno—maybe I’m a packrat. Between my laptop and cloud storage locations I know I don’t have room to store all those photos and videos. So where do all those photos and videos go?
This little drive holds 4TB of stuff, and it’s “rugged” (the rubberized case protects it from bumps). Why is the “rugged” thing important? Because the insides of hard drives are very fragile—and if you bump one (drop it, bang it around) those fragile components can break—rendering your hard drive useless. Having that rubberized case gives you a some peace of mind, and having 4TB of storage will put a giant smile on your shutterbug’s face! Read the reviews about this “LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB” hard drive on Amazon.
Need more ideas? Check out my reviews of this tripod, camera bag, and camera strap! How do I know these gifts are right for someone who’s into photography? Because I’m a photographer, and I know I’d be stoked to receive these gifts on my birthday or during the holiday season!